The West African Examinations Council after African Education Watch petitioned the government to invite other examining body’s to compete with them has said that will not end the cases of the annual question papers leakages.
The Education Think Tank suggestion comes after its independent assessment report of the conduct of last year’s WASSCE disclosed Integrated Science questions paper leaked some hours ahead of the examination on social media.
Mr Kofi Asare, the Executive Director of the Watch in the report said the government bringing another rival body to compete with the Examinations Council will improve standards under the proposed Regulator of Assessments.
He further recommended for the Ministry of Education (MoE) to set up a regulator of assessment to regulate WAEC before their activities become ungovernable adding that they operate in Nigeria but do not have a monopoly there.
But, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the Head of Public Affairs – The West African Examinations Council (WAEC)- Ghana, speaking in an interview on Citinewsroom said that move will be a step in the wrong direction.
“It’s not just a matter of having a rival body, we should all try and improve whatever we have to work well for everybody, somebody will say let’s bring another rival but is that what we need and is that going to work,” she noted
The Head, National Examination Administration Department – WAEC, Mr Ben K. Owusu commenting on his part said he is not against the call for another examining institution but further analysis and discussions must be done.
“I am not against bringing another rival but we shouldn’t copy blindly, Nigeria has their own problems and in Ghana, our education should suit the needs of the nation, there is no rival body at the level of WAEC,” the WAEC official said.
The call from African Education Watch, comes after WAEC has confirmed on Wednesday, 15th September that some sections of the ongoing examination papers has leaked and reschedule other Physics and Business Management papers.
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